Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions:
1. Do you accept insurance? I am not an in-network insurance provider. Although I do not accept insurance for payment, some people who work with me choose to use their health insurance “out-of-network” benefits to help cover the costs of therapy. This is when an insurance carrier reimburses a portion of the payments for my services. If you are interested in finding out more, please call your health insurance provider to verify if you are entitled to out-of-network benefits.
2. How much does therapy cost? The cost per session is $200.
3. What are my payment options? Clients can use a credit or debit card, Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account. If you would like to use your Out Of Network (OON) benefits, I can provide you will the receipt you will need to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
4. How do we get started?
Once we have determined we're a good fit, I will set you up in my client portal. You will then receive a link to begin the intake. Once you have completed the intake forms you can schedule your first intake appointment. During the intake appointment I will get to know more about you. I will also provide you with more detailed information on what you can expect from our sessions and a more in depth look at my approach to therapy.
5. How do you know if a client is a good fit? During the intake appointment I help clients understand that through therapy they may discover uncomfortable things about themselves or their past, they'll be challenged to look at how they see themselves, how they cope and how they interact with others. Clients who understand this and can commit to the process are typically a good fit.
6. How often will we meet? Initially, I meet with clients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, depending on your needs. If we are doing EMDR therapy it is best that we meet on a weekly basis. As clients meet their treatment goals and showing signs of improvement, we then move on to bi-weekly, monthly and then discuss discharge.
7. How long are sessions? A standard psychotherapy session is 45 minutes. A typical EMDR therapy session lasts about 60 minutes.
8. How soon can I see results from EMDR? The amount of time it will take to complete EMDR treatment will depend on the client's history. Preparation takes time and I engage my clients in a lot of resourcing for stabilization. Although EMDR therapy may produce results more rapidly than other forms of therapy, speed is not the goal of therapy and it is important to remember that every client has different needs.
9. What is EMDR therapy and can it be done online? World Health Organization (2013) Definition of EMDR “[EMDR] therapy is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors are the result of unprocessed memories. The treatment involves standardized procedures that include focusing simultaneously on (a) spontaneous associations of traumatic images, thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and (b) bilateral stimulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye movements. Like CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive beliefs related to the traumatic event. Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework (p. 1).”
Yes, EMDR can be done online. I have been trained online and have the skills and resources to conduct EMDR therapy safely and effectively online.
10. How does online therapy work? Clients can schedule their online appointments through my client portal. I use a secure, HIPAA compliant portal for all sessions. When you schedule your virtual appointment the link for your appointment will be sent to you through text or email.
11. What do I need for my appointment? I ask that clients have a computer, laptop or tablet for sessions and a private space for appointments. Clients have to be physically present in the states that I am licensed to practice in which are New York, New Jersey, and Florida